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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been closed to traffic as of 7:35 p.m., after high winds due to Hurricane Irene exceeded 55 mph, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. All other bridge and toll facilities are open, although there are wind restrictions on the Key, Nice, Hatem and Tydings bridges due to recorded wind speeds up to 39 mph, according to an announcement on the MdTA website. As a result, those driving house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds should use caution on those bridges, according to MdTA.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
In the 60 seconds before his tractor-trailer smashed into two vehicles on the Bay Bridge last summer, propelling one into the water below, Gabor Lovasz accelerated from 8 mph to 51 mph. In its final report on the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board attributed the accident to Lovasz's "inattention" as well as his "unfamiliarity with the area and lack of knowledge that traffic routinely slows on the eastbound span of the bridge....
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Though Bay Bridge wind restrictions and warnings had been lifted two hours prior, a two-vehicle crash on the bridge westbound has blocked the westbound right traffic lane and westbound middle lane at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. MdTA added that as of 7 a.m. two right lanes of northbound Interstate 95 in the Rossville area are closed near I-695 for emergency roadwork. MdTA cautioned motorists to watch for slowing traffic. The Maryland Transit Administration reported at 9:23 a.m. major light rail delays from Hunt Valley to Cromwell and BWI Airport.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 13, 2014
Your money is no good here, long an expression associated with hospitality spoken by gracious benefactors doing the buying at a bar or restaurant, increasingly has a new meaning in the United States. Though each banknote bears the familiar sentence, "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private," in recent years the operative words "all debts" has come to mean some debts. Once cash was king; lately it has been demoted. Part of it is a matter of convenience. Some form of plastic, be it credit or debit, is the most convenient way to buy gas. Some businesses, however, won't deal in paper money.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The Maryland Transportation Authority said that wind warnings are in effect for the Bay Bridge at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Under wind warnings, sustained wind speeds or gusts of 30-39 mph persist, and operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles or vehicles with roof-mounted racks containing cargo are advised to use caution crossing the bridge, MTA said. The Maryland Transit Administration said that federal government employees on Wednesday will be on liberal leave and a 2-hour delay, and as a result commuter bus service in the Baltimore-Washington area will run on a 2-hour delay.
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By Jacques Kelly | June 24, 2011
The last Saturday in June was the day we said goodbye to Baltimore and packed it up for the summer. As a child, it was a day I anticipated all year, then remembered for its unforgettable set of rituals. By the end of June the pace of our domestic life was slowing. The heat had set in, and, as a neighbor once observed, there was never an electric fan in our home. Baltimore was just different in the summer. The downtown department stores closed at noon on Saturdays. As you walked the streets you heard Orioles games on radios through all the open windows.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
The Maryland Transportation Authority is planning more overnight closings of the westbound span of the Bay Bridge than previously indicated, with shutdowns for its deck-replacement project continuing for the next several weeks. The authority had said it would quickly wrap up its years-long schedule of regular weekday closings after the completion of pavement work on the $65 million project. However, it now says it will need several more weeks of late-night shutdowns for what it calls "demobilization" of the projects and other "punch list items."
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July 18, 2010
Maryland transportation officials are warning motorists they will shut down the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge late Sunday. They will close one-lane of the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge at 9 p.m. Sunday evening, and close the entire eastbound span before midnight Sunday, according to a transportation department official. The span will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday morning to accommodate repairs. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound side of the bridge when the entire eastbound portion is closed.
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By Carrie Wells and Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
Two people were injured, one of them critically, in a car crash on the Bay Bridge that shut down the westbound span for nearly two hours and continued to delay traffic well into the evening, Maryland Transportation Authority officials said. The crash happened about 4 p.m. near the 33-mile mark near the Anne Arundel side of the bridge, MdTA said, when a Chevy Astro minivan and a Dodge pickup truck pulling a 38-foot box trailer collided nearly head-on. The driver of the Astro, a man, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were initially expected to be life-threatening, but his condition has since been upgraded and he is expected to survive.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
The state on Friday will begin a weeklong project to install new safety measures on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge to guide traffic during two-way operation and eliminate some lane changes. Crews will install a buffer zone, rumble strips and continuous double yellow lines along the entire 4.3-mile length of the span, as recommended in a safety study last year. The result will mean motorists will not be allowed to switch between the left and center lanes at any time during a crossing.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Turn on your headlights. Congestion ahead. Do not tailgate. By the end of this year, $500,000 in Maryland toll revenue will be spent installing large signs with those and other safety messages on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The funding will cover manufacturing and installation of the signs, many of which will be electronic, said MdTA officials, who outlined the improvements Thursday before members of the Senate budget and taxation subcommittee on public safety, transportation and environment.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
On a Thursday morning after the Baltimore region was pounded with an overnight snowstorm, several incidents forced shutdowns on local roadways, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT reported that a collision in White Marsh on Interstate 95 North past the MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) exit has closed the northbound right traffic lane and northbound right shoulder at 8:46 a.m. A collision in Aberdeen on I-95 South past the MD 22 (Churchville Road) exit has closed the southbound right shoulder at 8:27 a.m., DOT said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The Maryland Transportation Authority said at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday that the Bay Bridge was under Wind Warning conditions, with sustained wind speeds or gusts of 30-39 mph. Box trailers, house trailers or other vehicles that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution crossing the bridge, MdTA said. A collision in White Marsh on I-95 South at the MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) exit has closed the southbound left shoulder at 8:05 a.m., according to DOT. A utility problem in Parkville on MD 147 South at Putty Hill Avenue has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 4:27 a.m., according to DOT. The incident was due to a gas regulator adjustment by BGE, DOT said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Though Bay Bridge wind restrictions and warnings had been lifted two hours prior, a two-vehicle crash on the bridge westbound has blocked the westbound right traffic lane and westbound middle lane at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. MdTA added that as of 7 a.m. two right lanes of northbound Interstate 95 in the Rossville area are closed near I-695 for emergency roadwork. MdTA cautioned motorists to watch for slowing traffic. The Maryland Transit Administration reported at 9:23 a.m. major light rail delays from Hunt Valley to Cromwell and BWI Airport.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Police pulled a body from the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge on Friday morning, officials said. The Natural Resources Police recovered the body shortly after 9 a.m. Friday and turned it over to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the NRP. An abandoned car had earlier been spotted on the bridge, she said. First Sgt. Kevin Ayd, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, had no further information. "There's no confirmation if the body we recovered was somebody from the bridge," he said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
Bruce Gartner served as acting executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority for seven months before being named permanently to the position last month. That was probably a good thing because the Annapolis resident needs to hit the ground running. The independent state agency, which owns and operates all of the state's toll roads, bridges and tunnels, is in the midst of a six-year, multibillion-dollar capital program and is gearing up to introduce major changes to the state's highway system, including new express toll lanes on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Both spans of the Bay Bridge were closed for nearly two hours Tuesday during afternoon rush hour after a propane truck began leaking its contents on the westbound approach on Kent Island. Eastbound traffic backed up to St. Margarent's Road and westbound traffic was stalled as far east as Kent Narrows while emergency crews dealt with the situation. At one point, Maryland Transportation Authority officials urged motorists to seek alternate routes, including Delaware roads. The MdTA closed the bridges about 3:20 p.m., when a white tanker truck began venting a plume of white smoke near the intersection of westbound U.S. 50 and Route 8 in Stevensville.
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November 22, 2013
The comments from Rich Shannahan that you ran on November 16, "Excluding Bay Foundation is outrageous" were outrageously inaccurate. K. Hovnanian Homes played no role whatsoever in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation being excluded as a sponsor of the Bay Run by race organizers. We learned about the issue when it was reported in The Sun. K. Hovnanian would never object to any organization participating in a fundraising event that supports the bay, even if it opposes our Four Seasons community.
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